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Girls with Sharp Sticks
Girls with Sharp Sticks | Suzanne Young
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Westworld meets The Handmaids Tale in this start to a thrilling, subversive near future series from New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Young about a girls-only private high school that is far more than it appears to be. The Girls of Innovations Academy are beautiful and well-behavedit says so on their report cards. Under the watchful gaze of their Guardians, the all-girl boarding school offers an array of studies and activities, from Growing a Beautiful and Prosperous Garden to Art Appreciation and Interior Design. The girls learn to be the best society has to offer. Absent is the difficult math coursework, or the unnecessary sciences or current events. They are obedient young ladies, free from arrogance or defiance. Until Mena starts to realize that their carefully controlled existence may not be quite as it appears. As Mena and her friends begin to uncover the dark secrets of whats actually happening thereand who they really arethe girls of Innovations will find out what they are truly capable of. Because some of the prettiest flowers have the sharpest thorns. Bringing the trademark plot twists, compelling romance, and high-octane drama that made The Program bestselling series, Suzanne Young launches a new series that confronts some of todays most pressing ethical questions.
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alecia3dixie
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Wow! I LOVED this book! It had such a creepy feel without actually being creepy. It had such a stepford housewives feel to it. I just like all the aspects of this book and cannot wait to pick up the next one! 5/5

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rjsthumbelina
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I LOVED this YA scifi thriller. I didn't expect to love it as much as I did! Such an intriguing plot that just gets more interesting as it goes - I may have to listen to the sequel as my next audiobook!
#scarathlon #teamslaughter
6 hours x 10 points x 7 readathons = 420
420 + 16 = 436 points 🎃🕸️

@Clwojick

#wickedathon #fallintoreading #spookoweenreadathon #trickortreatathon #itsbritneywitch #bookspinbingo #littenlisten

Clwojick Awesome job! 🖤🎉 3mo
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Emily92Bibliophile
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Oh. My. Stars. Why has it taken me so long to read this one??! 🤯 Last year, I had about ten of my students ( majority were not big readers) RAVE to me about this book, make me promise I would read it, and make sure I would put the third book on order.⬇️

Emily92Bibliophile I haven‘t read a Dystopian book in a hot minute, and I don‘t regret reading this one. In short, I was hooked from the beginning. Every spare minute I had I would hungrily read what I could in between my schedule, and then staying up late to read more. I will definitely be finishing the trilogy, and read anything else by Suzanne Young. This book is in my top five of my favorite books so far this year. (edited) 5mo
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Emily92Bibliophile
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Going to give this one a try. A lot of my teen girls last year RAVED about this series to me, and were begging us to order the third book. This was especially popular among the girls who weren‘t/ aren‘t big readers. 🎉I haven‘t read a dystopian in a hot minute, so hopefully this series will keep me intrigued.

Dcueto Ooooooo thanks for the info! Will check it out 5mo
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Meaw_catlady
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Part 2!!! This is so much! I am so blessed ! Thank you so much! I love everything so much! Blessed Samhain! Happy Halloween! May this blue moon bring you so many blessings and love ! @Gissy #basicwitchswap

Gissy Happy Birthday since it was also this month! 🎂 1y
Meaw_catlady @Gissy thank you so much!!!!!!! Fellow libra correct ? 1y
Chrissyreadit Hope you are doing ok! 13mo
Meaw_catlady @Chrissyreadit thanks for checking in! I am doing really well! Been missing Litsy lately tho! Hope you are well! Blessed Yule and happy new year ! ❤️ 13mo
Chrissyreadit Blessed Yule and Happy New Year to you also 😘😘😘 13mo
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keys_on_fire
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I cannot remember the last time I stayed up until I finished a book!! I wasn‘t sure I even wanted to keep going after the second chapter, but I decided to hang in there to see what the author was going to do with this world she was establishing. Soooo glad I didn‘t give up! I ordered the second book from amazon at 11:30 and it will be here today!

Completes goal 4 for #superseptemberreadathon and square 18 for #bookspinbingo
@Andrew65

Andrew65 Fantastic 👏👏👏🙌🥳🍾🥂 1y
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keys_on_fire
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With the temperature heading down into the upper 30‘s tonight, it felt like a good time for a book and a blanket!

SilversReviews I‘m freezing. 😍 1y
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sophierayton
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This book is not subtle. It is full throttle teen feminist bad-ass. The obvious lines about Trump and Kavanaugh were brilliant. The screaming take away is that literature 'woke up' 'the girls' from the story and reading these books will help to awaken readers to the dangers, injustices and systemic misogyny that exists for females. It's a valiant effort and a great cause and I hope it inspires a lot of people to push for equality.

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kimmypete1
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Damn that was good.

April #bookspin book

MidnightBookGirl I guess you didn't read this when we read it for book club? I liked book 2 as well! 2y
kimmypete1 I did not, but not sure why. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2y
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WhimsyandRigor
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This YA novel is a lighter version of Naomi Alderman‘s The Power and it will keep you guessing!

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grumpygirlbooks
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This was a quick, enjoyable read.

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Curly_Reader
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This book was amazing; I should have seen the ending but I completely didnt! So it was a welcoming surprise and I did like the ending, however I wish this was a series chronicling what happens after “the ending” don‘t want to post spoilers. Or made into a movie. Idk I just really loved this one. West world meets orphan black for sure!
#wintergames #tmskellington @StayCurious @Clwojick @Crimson613 #24b42020

Texreader Terrific review 2y
coffees 16pts!! 2y
Curly_Reader @Texreader thank you, I‘m really bad at doing reviews. I‘m trying lol 2y
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Curly_Reader
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Progress for this readathon #24b42020. I might actually make it past 24 hours before jan1!! I have work only for 5 hours tomorrow then I‘m off till Jan 2!
Anywhoo, I‘m back reading this before I have to knock out, I really hope the ending is amazing. Cuz so far this is 5/5 for me. Loving all the different angles, feminism in a misogynistic school. My cup of tea
#wintergames #tmskellington #tbr

lele1432 Wow you're doing so great!! I'm doing terrible right now lol. Really need to get some more hours in. 2y
Andrew65 Going great and hopefully will get to 24 hours. Well done 👏👏👏 2y
Andrew65 @lele1432 Still three days to go. 👍 2y
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Bookish_Gal I loved this book!! The ending was so wonderfully unexpected. 2y
Curly_Reader @Bookish_Gal I lovedddd it also! Yes the ending really surprised me, and that‘s hard to do for me. But it was a pleasant surprise!! 2y
coffees 1pt!! 12.29 nice! 2y
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Curly_Reader
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When ur waiting in the car for half an hour. You read! Lol
#wintergames #tmskellington #tbrread #24b42020

coffees 1pt!! 12.28 smart! 2y
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Curly_Reader
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This book has got me so frustrated with the way they treat the girls. Omg it set me off! Lol but damn I‘m really digging it so far and don‘t want to stop reading but it‘s past 1am... probably will stop at 2 am☺️
#tbrread #wintergames #tmskellington #24b42020

jessinikkip I always say I'll stop reading at a certain time and always end up stopping like 3 hours later 2y
Curly_Reader Lol @jessinikkip that‘s why I made that face ☺️ because I know I‘m lying to myself 2y
jessinikkip Good its not just me! I planned to go to bed at midnight but, see, I'm reading N0s4a2 on the couch with my dog and a good drink sooooo.... I'll be here til at least 230 2y
Curly_Reader Lol enjoy @jessinikkip cheers 🥂 2y
coffees 1pt 12.27 that's what we all say xD 2y
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Curly_Reader
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Wow this is my 3rd book on my readathon. Hopefully it lives up to the hype. Shower time and some coffee and on to this one ☝️ the cover does look interesting 🧐
#24b42020 #wintergames #tmskellington @Crimson613 @Clwojick @StayCurious

jessinikkip Ive heard good things from others about this book, so hopefully its a good pick ☺ 2y
Andrew65 Going great. 👏👏👏 2y
coffees 1pt!! 12.27 that cover looks awesome 😯 2y
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BookDragonNotWorm
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Strange, disturbing, unexpected - but I really liked it! Pass me a stick and let's get this party started!

Bookish_Gal Just finished it and I LOVED IT. The suspense kept pulling me right back in (edited) 2y
BookDragonNotWorm @Bookish_Gal Me too! I'm really looking forward to the sequel! 2y
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Avanders
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Yay!!!!! Thank you so much @Nitpickyabouttrains for such a fun #staycationintimeswap #sits pkg!! I love the cool school tote, adorbs 🍍pouch, face mask, journal, chocolates, & novel-themed teas!! The socks are perfect. The wrap is also 🤩. I‘m so excited for my “trip” to the not too distant future w these dystopian books!! I also love that you sent a new graphic novel to try. Thank you!!! ♥️♥️♥️♥️
Thank *you* @Chrissyreadit for such a fun swap! ♥️

Nitpickyabouttrains Yay! I am glad you like it! Happy reading! 2y
Chrissyreadit Yay! Happy travels through dystopia! 2y
mabell Chocolate mushrooms! Perfect for a dystopian future! 😄 2y
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Avanders ♥️♥️ also.. did you get a chance to open yours yet?? 😁 2y
Avanders @Nitpickyabouttrains ... did you know the Ghosts you sent is signed?? I just realized last night! ♥️🥰🥰♥️ 2y
Nitpickyabouttrains @Avanders I did! I got two signed copies at ALA and sent you one! 2y
Avanders @Nitpickyabouttrains that‘s so awesome!! Thanks again! 😘😘 2y
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xxjenadanxx
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Day 1 of #24in48 completed! Four books read in a total of 9 hours and 17 minutes. Not too bad considering I‘ve been in a major book slump! On to tomorrow‘s reading!

@24in48

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xxjenadanxx
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Book 1 for #24in48 done! @24in48

A mix of Brave New World & A Handmaid‘s Tale in which girls are bred & educated to be obedient & demure. At this all girls school they‘re taught by a male staff to be charming & look pretty above all else. Thinking too much might cause wrinkles after all! But after a chance meeting on a school trip Mena‘s eyes begin to open to what life is like outside the fence & to whats happening to them inside the school.

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Nitpickyabouttrains
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At a finishing school, one girl discovers things are not as they seem. Memories are missing and people start to disappear.

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sophierayton
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Very impressed with this dystopian / science fiction YA novel. It's hugely feminist and shines a light on many of the issues surrounding young women, past and present. I'm glad this is the first in a series, I hope the sequels hold up.

Lovesbooks87 I bailed on this but I have seen so many people talk about how good it was maybe I need to give it another chance! 3y
sophierayton Maybe, but I'm a big believer in not all books are for all people, if this wasn't speaking to you, then that's totally fine.
I did really enjoy it. I think it'll be a big seller and series and probably be turned into a movie franchise. So, if you want to get in there before the hype, act soon, if not, just watch the film that will inevitable be made one day.
3y
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Victoriahoperose
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This book was amazing. It started off with a very dark tone. It was obvious that something untoward was going on with the girls at the boarding school and as it progressed, we get to see how dark the intentions are. This has a Stepford Wives feel and a little bit of The Handmaid‘s Tale. There are such strong ideas in this about viewing women as property and a call to rise above this ideology. Excellent book - definitely read it if you can!

readingjedi Sounds good! 3y
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bookishrantings
Girls with Sharp Sticks | Suzanne Young

Oh. My. God. It got so good I can't even describe it.

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bookishrantings
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THE FLOOD GATES HAVE OPENED! The girls are starting to take control.

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bookishrantings
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This is so good and intense and makes me want to kill all the men 🙌

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bookishrantings
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Shit just got real!! Omg I'm excited.

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Holliesplaining
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Your library hold will always come in when you‘re having a busy week. It‘s the law.

Slajaunie Welcome to Litsy! 📖💙 3y
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗🎈 3y
DebReads4fun Welcome to Litsy! 3y
I_Like_Big_Books Welcome! 3y
CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚 3y
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bookishrantings
Girls with Sharp Sticks | Suzanne Young

WHEN DO THEY START STABBING THE TEACHERS?!

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Eggbeater
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The points made in the book were valid and important and I appreciated the message. Most people don't realize it is more tiring to fight back even once you know you're being oppressed; it is easier to go on feigning ignorance.

The story itself just seemed sort of skeletal and a bit flat to me. I would have liked to have seen the author make the characters more dynamic and the plot more original and less predictable.

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bookishrantings
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So far, I'm real liking this. I expect it's going to get darker but I am enjoying the characters. I am dying for them to rebel! 😊

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readwithoiza
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INNOVATIONS ACADEMY ; Not Your Typical All Girls Boarding School

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Christine11
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Review of this intelligent and terrifying plausible young adult novel up on my blog now if you fancy reading!
https://lifewithallthebooks.com/2019/04/27/girls-with-sharp-sticks-by-suzanne-yo...
I received this e-arc through netgalley - my review is my own honest opinion.

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Cailey_Mac
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Just picked this up on my lunch break looking for some succulents; I‘d say this was a better deal📖😅 #mountTBR #lunch

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OutsmartYourShelf
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Some people didn‘t care for this but for me it was a bit of a guilty pleasure. I was rooting for the girls to figure out what was going on & for the creepy staff to get their comeuppance.

It did take a bit too long for the penny to drop for the MC, Mena, but overall it was a decent read & indictment of rape culture. 4🌟

Thanks to NetGalley & publishers, Simon & Schuster UK / Children‘s, for the opportunity to review an ARC. #NetGalley

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Bookjunkie57
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Bailedbailed

😒😒😒

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Lovesbooks87
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I hate bailing on books but I couldn't read another page. I read over 200 pages and I hate the way the girls in this book were treated. They were abused and didn't have their own voice. I kept reading because it seems like they were going to start standing up to the men in there lives. But I knew I needed to bail when I didn't want to read today and have only read a couple of pages . Just can't force myself anymore!

jenniferajanes I bailed on a book today too. 268/396 pages and I just couldn‘t go on! Here‘s to our next book! 🥂 Happy reading! 3y
Lovesbooks87 @jenniferajanes so glad to know that I wasn't the only one! Just wanting on the books that I preordered to come today then I will be able to start a new book! 3y
jenniferajanes @Lovesbooks87 A preorder? What did you get? 3y
Lovesbooks87 @jenniferajanes I got three! 😬 You'd be Mine by Erin Hahn The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Postson and Mirror, Mirror: a Twisted Tale by Jen Calonita. These are all books that I have been wanting to read for months! I am so exited for them to show up in my mailbox today!!! 😀 3y
jenniferajanes @Lovesbooks87 Awesome! I hope all three are amazing! 3y
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Bookjunkie57
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#FridayFun
1. Leftover chicken on the couch with Grey‘s Anatomy
2. I just started a bunch of things but hopefully the tagged book
3. Who knows. I‘m a moody reader so could be two could be 12.

Samplergal Thanks for playing! I‘m a mood reader too! No matter how I try to set goals, I fail. Enjoy your weekend! 3y
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Hestapleton
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This cover is so fantastic, but the insides were a let down. A YA feminist dystopia, but wasn‘t different enough from everything else on the market to really stand out and veered strongly into cliche. However, it‘s super readable and good for a slump. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ https://bit.ly/2MQGhAO
#netgalley

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MidnightBookGirl
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A YA feminist Stepford Wives! I am really enjoying this one, which is no surprise since I loved Young's Program series. #arc

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MaggieAnnieOakley
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Really wanted to love, though early comparisons to Handmaid's Tale and Westworld made for an impossible order to fill.